No-Cost Flu Shot Options for Veterans

This year, enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system have several options to get a flu shot. VA now offers more options, easy access, and seamless records.


​ When and Where to get your flu shot today

Has VA medical care caused you an injury or other harm?

You can sue the VA for medical malpractice but it's a complex process and you'll want lawyers who have

done this successfully in the past. There are strict time limits and draconian regulations to follow. 

​Get some advice today...call now!

Drew Early   Veterans Law Attorney
Graduate of the US Military Academy, West Point

Adjunct Professor - Emory University Law School
20 Years Army Service - Airborne - Explosive Ordnance Badge
Free Case Review - Nationwide Representation
BVA/DRO Appeals - Fiduciary & Caregiver Issues, Trusts, Wills
Appeals of Veterans & Survivor Claims
(770) 939-1939

What Happens When You Don’t Pay a Hospital Bill
As Americans sink under medical

expenses, debt collectors go to great—

and sometimes strange—lengths to collect.

Why Getting a Diagnosis Matters

​A diagnosis does so much more than get noted in your medical history. It also can help you apply for programs like Social Security Disability and medical marijuana cards. And maybe even more importantly, it can help you explain yourself to friends, colleagues and family.

New information on VA deaths at

Clarksburg Medical Center

As of now two deaths at the VA Hospital are

being investigated as homicides, and a third

death of a veteran may eventually be handled

that way. Charleston attorney Tony O’Dell has now

been hired by a sixth family that believes their

relative died under suspicious circumstances.

PTSD, MST, TBI, 
Agent Orange Exposure, Back Injuries

Gulf War Syndrome, Migraines, Heart & Vascular Disease, 
DIC, Unemployability TDIU

Free Veterans Disability Consultation!      Call Now!  (800) 742-5035

VVA Report On Foreign Entities Targeting Veterans Online​​

​American veterans and the social-media followers of veterans service organizations were specifically targeted

by the Russian Internet Agency with at least 113 ads during and after the 2016 election. This represents but

a tiny fraction of the Russian activity that targeted this community with divisive propaganda. While under the

control of foreign admins, “Vets for Trump” has also focused on fomenting hatred by using xenophobic

and Islamophobic propaganda against the Democratic women of color who are freshmen in Congress.  

Adam R. Luck,

Veterans Law Attorney

3 ways you can lose your Social Security benefits

There may be 50 ways to lose your lover –

and when it comes to Social Security, there

are quite a few ways to lose your benefits, too. 

​Roger Hale,  Veterans Law Attorney​​

​Personal Injury Lawyer - Free Consultation For Veterans​
​​Industrial Accidents   Nursing Home Negligence   Car Accidents   ​

Workers Compensation   Veterans Law​     

Pain & Suffering     Emotional & Mental Anguish

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Nationwide Representation 
Free Phone Consultations - ​(844) 838-7529

Veterans who served in Thailand look to

Congress for help with the VA
Support for change VA restrictions is strong in Florida

GLOVERLUCK

Veterans Law At Your Service

​PTSD and other mental impairments
Military Sexual Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury
Agent Orange exposure
Camp Lejeune water contamination
Gulf War Syndrome
Asbestos or Radiation exposure

​Federal Tort Claims/Title 38 U.S.C. 1151

Also known as FTCA and Section 1151 Claims

​Nationwide Representation 

844 244 VETS (8387)

The Law Offices of David Anaise, MD JD
Board Certified Physician/Surgeon    Accredited Veterans Law Attorney    Military Veteran

DRO, BVA, CAVC Appeals     Nexus Letters     Independent Medical Opinions
Has Your Claim Been Denied?   Do you need an IMO or a DBQ?
You'll need to speak with an expert physician and then a veterans law attorney.
Why not speak with both at the same time?
(520) 219-7321  
 Free Case Evaluation    (520) 219-7344

Russian Trolls Love Targeting U.S. Veterans
Building on congressional intelligence, a new

report offers a broad view on the dirty

tricks trolls use to hook American servicemembers.

Hey Jim:   Wolfe v. Wilkie CAVC    - Hot Off The Press.


This is a significant case in that it is the 2nd class action case involving VA  to now make it through the courts.  So, there’s a roadmap in place for petitioners to bring class actions against the VA going forward—that’s a big deal.
This case went before a panel of CAVC judges, one of whom, Judge Allen, helped craft the class action rules for these type of cases.  Judge Allen is a very smart guy and VA found that out in this case.
Fundamentally, VA got chastised in a previous case for denying reimbursements for non-VA emergency medical care.  So, VA rewrote the regulation in such a way as to ignore what the Court previously said—the judges REALLY didn’t like that when they found out what VA had done.  They particularly didn’t like VA advising veterans the exact opposite of what the law said about reimbursements in these type of cases. I invite everyone to read the second page of the opinion.  Very strong and direct language is used in chastising the VA and they only brought it on themselves., for example; "It's difficult to conceive how an agency could believe that adopting a regulation that mimics the result a Federal court held to be unlawful is somehow appropriate when the statute at issue has not changed. But there is more."
VA is now on the hook for upwards of $5 to 6 Billion in previously unreimbursed costs. 


/s/   Drew Early Esq., Veterans Law Attorney

Medical Malpractice - Veterans 1151 Claims

Hodes Milman LLP

​VA Malpractice Attorneys Helping Veterans Harmed By The VA​
​​Veterans Healthcare Rights - Federal Tort Claims -

VA Medical Malpractice Claims, Misdiagnosis, ​Hospital Negligence, Medical Errors
For a review of your VA malpractice case contact our lawyers today.
Our firm serves throughout the nation, and is one of the few firms to have specialized experience in VA malpractice cases.
Call Now!  (949) 640-8222​​

Court rules VA must pay

for veterans' emergency room care, a decision that may

be worth billions"All of this is unacceptable," said

an appeals court in a decision that plaintiffs'

attorneys say may yield up to $6.5 billion for veterans.

VA Hospitals Ban Smoking

 But Employee Union Objects

​Union employees are allowed to smoke outdoors

in designated areas provided by the VA,

per the union's 2008 contract with the agency.

​(Unnamed veteran says, "Let the AFGE people

smoke, in the long run there'll be fewer of them!")

‘Wars are fought by humans’:

Veterans lead new campaign against

endless war in Afghanistan

Veterans Psych Evaluations
 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

As an expert in psychological evaluations, Dr. Valette

provides Independent Medical Evaluations (IME),

Independent Medical Opinions (IMO), nexus letters,

ratings reviews for all psychological conditions. 

Some Wounds Can't Be Seen

Contact Us Today

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

Other-than-honorable discharge?

You’re still eligible for VA mental health care​

Get your VA medical records online
Our online tools can help you view, organize,

and share your VA medical records and personal

health information. Find out if you’re eligible

and how to sign in to start using these tools.

Marijuana Accessories

Upload evidence to support

your disability claim
If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.

Overpayment? VA proposing to claw back

money from your benefits? Submit a Compromise Offer to the Debt Management Center. 

This is the only thing that works.

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities

If you're thinking of filing a claim or initiating an appeal of a denied claim, this is your new best friend. The details of exactly what you need to meet a rating are here and in use every day. Yes, it's complex. Yes, it's cumbersome. Yes, knowing how to use The Schedule is a necessity if you want to file a successful claim. Go for it!

Social Security and You

Vets being duped by Social Security rumor mill

Owe VA Money??? 

​​Submit A Waiver Request

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

Why You Need An IMO!

VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving Conditions of the Spine

​The OIG determined that VBA incorrectly processed more than half of the 62,500 veterans’ claims.

Processing errors included improper evaluations, missed secondary conditions,

and evaluations based on inadequate exams. 

Thinking of Filing a VA Disability Claim?

You need an IMO...Here's why;
We propose that veterans who are filing claims

take charge of the process, avoiding the flawed C & P exam report by having their own Independent Medical Opinion and DBQs completed by expert doctors who

are not employees of the VA. Although this brings about

an expense the veteran must bear, we believe that
any out of pocket expense is an investment
toward

a faster claims resolution and is thus justified.
Keep Reading...

The 5 Best Perks of Social Security
Chances are that Social Security has your

back in more ways than you realize.

An Early Look at Social Security's 2020 COLA
Here's how much of a raise seniors (and veterans)

might receive next year.

Three St. Mary’s County Family Members

Facing Federal Charges

Over $820,000 In V.A. Benefits Fraud Scheme

​​The five-count indictment alleges that Farr served as the organizer of a conspiracy in which she submitted false and fraudulent documents to the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) claiming that Farr, her then-husband, Michael Pace, and her father, Individual 1, were homebound and required full-time assistance and disability compensation. 

Drowning in Debt?

It Could Reduce Your Social Security Benefits
Think twice before taking on certain loans.

How to get Social Security disability

benefits when you can’t work

Getting Social Security disability benefits when you’re unable to work can be challenging. Last year, more

than 2 million people applied for Social Security

disability benefits, but two-thirds of them

were denied, because most applicants fail to prove

that they’re disabled and can’t work. Here are some

steps you can take that can help improve your odds.

VA MISSION Act

Answers to the top five questions about urgent care

How to download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter proving their status. Access and download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and other benefit letters and documents online.

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

Florida Veterans

Medical Marijuana Card
Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog

and ask about veterans discounts!​

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Additional information needed to support claim

Direct Deposit - May I apply by telephone?

Halloween Costumes
Veterans Benefits on Reddit

VA Launchpad for Veterans

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launchpad

App for Veterans (VA Launchpad) contains select VA applications (apps) for Veterans and their Caregivers.

New apps will automatically appear in the VA Launchpad when they become available. Organizing VA health information and resources into five categories, it quickly accesses and launches the VA app of your choice. With VA Launchpad, VA intends to save you time and help you better integrate available VA apps into your life.

4 Facts About Your Social Security

Benefits You May Not Know
Arming yourself with knowledge about the

complicated benefits process will

help you better prepare for retirement.

The NPRC

Military Records DD 214

Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Can VA Disability Compensation Be Used

to Calculate Child Support or Income?


​Veterans' disability benefits are compensation for

the veteran's impaired earning capacity and are intended to "provide reasonable and adequate compensation for disabled veterans and their families." They are not supposed to be for the sole support of the veteran, but can be counted in child support calculations to provide for the veteran's dependents as well. If the veteran wasn't disabled, he would be earning an income upon which the court would base child support; since disability benefits replace that income, child support can be based upon it.

Craig Bash M.D., MBA

The Veterans Medical Advisor

If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you served your country well and you earned

certain benefits.​ Sad to say, sometimes it can be difficult for the veteran to obtain the earned

benefits guaranteed by law.​ Veterans need a recognized medical expert who knows the VA

system. As a disabled veteran himself and a respected, board certified physician, Dr. Bash fits the

need—and adds even further insight as a VA-accredited service organization representative. 

​​Call   925-381-7561    Email   drbash@doctor.com

The American Veteran Experience

and the Post-9/11 Generation
For many veterans, combat experiences

strengthened them personally but also

made the transition to civilian life difficult

Website Monitoring Tool

Presumptive Benefits...what are they?

When you claim that a disabling condition is caused by military service, you have to prove that allegation.

Or do you?

Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website

We’re there to provide comfort during difficult times

Check your VA claim or appeal status

Find out how to check the status of a

VA claim or appeal online

Read Me Please 

The Users Guide
VAWatchdog Dot Org​

VAWatchdog Dot Org

Veteran Proud

You've Arrived at the VAWatchdog Dot Org!
​Welcome Home
We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well. 
What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts. 
Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country. 

We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Benefits

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.
Independent Medical Opinions
Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQ's)
Service & Civilian Medical Record Reviews
Nexus Letters

Get In Touch With Dr. Seiter

Google Tracks You

and we don't.
​DuckDuckGo apps block

Google's hidden trackers.
​Get unbiased results

outside the Filter Bubble.


​The world needs an alternative

Robert Wilkie  <robert.wilkie@va.gov>  ​855-948-2311

Should You Get Medicare

Supplement Plan F?

How about  Medicare Parts A and B?

Maybe Part F+? Part D? 

​Oh, unless you live in

Massachusetts, Minnesota or Wisconsin.

​Confused? Just wait until you hear about 

programs such as Medicare

Part C or a Medicare Advantage policy.

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Have you been denied a claim for a condition of the spine (Or any condition???)

Inadequate (lowball) rating?

You're going to need an IMO sooner than later

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40 Stories From Women About

Life in the Military​   

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Do What I Do"

PAPER Evidence Records

and Claims All Go Here

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Your Health

Urgent Care Centers

One of the most important benefits you have today is

the authorization to use an urgent care center

near to you. But first, you have to

print your paperwork

to take with you. Don't wait until you need this

benefit to prepare for it. Read this now,

print your papers and be prepared!

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Jim's Mailbag

The moment that you file a claim someone will be waiting to schedule you for a Compensation and Pension (C & P) Exam.

The C & P exam is the precise point where so many claims go south. The C & P examiner is often not qualified to render an opinion of the condition in front of them. I recently received an email from a veteran who I had advised to file a claim for his carotid artery disease as secondary to his service connected diabetes. His claim was denied because the C & P examiner opined that there was no medical evidence that diabetes caused or contributed to carotid artery disease. That it is well known that diabetes is a leading cause of atherosclerosis didn't phase anyone at VA and now we have to have a doctor and a lawyer get involved in a lengthy appeal.

Think about it...the veteran was denied service connection because the VA examiner reported that there is no medical evidence that diabetes causes carotid artery disease. Now read this.

Months ago when I first advised the veteran to file the claim for a secondary condition, I didn't advise him to get an IMO. I couldn't have believed that VA would deny a vascular condition as secondary to DMII...it defies all logic. But here we are and it's become very apparent that if you want to avoid an appeal, you'll get an IMO as you file the initial claim.

​The report above is a confirmation of this...the VA does a very poor job of C & P exams. Avoid the fuss of an appeal...get an IMO.

Do You Need Medical Care

RIGHT NOW?
​You are already authorized

to use an urgent care clinic!

Dr. David Anaise

Physician - Surgeon - Veteran

Veterans Law Attorney

Jim's Mailbag

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits

and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory BoardJim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

servicemembers, and family members can  ask Jim their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.  

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.

Email Jim your question for a quick and confidential reply.  jim912@gmail.com

Everything you ever wanted to know about how

the VA benefits system works but were afraid to ask.
Welcome to the

KnowVA Knowledge Base

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?

This is a must read for you!!!

I've been posting this again and again over the years

and it's still one of the best ways I know to win

your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of

the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

It's Your Right To See Your Medical Records.

It Shouldn't Be This Hard To Do

​​At a time when many insurers and health information technology companies are busily assembling databases

of hundreds of millions of medical records, Americans

find it difficult to get access to their own.

How to Fight VA Debt
Military members know that when DoD gives

you too much money, it will come back for it.

The VA is similar, but the system is worse.